World’s richest tennis player drops just one game in easy Australian Open win

Jessica Pegula has added to her Australian Open prize money with a routine first-round victory over Jaqueline Cristian – but it won't make much of a difference to her billionaire status.

The American star cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory on the Margaret Court Arena in under an hour, with Rafael Nadal also through, but Nick Kyrgios out due to injury.

The 28-year-old has pocketed more than £5.5m having been on the professional WTA circuit since 2009, reaching the quarter-finals of both Australian, US and French Open tournaments, but her family are worth far more.

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Pegula's parents Terry and Kim are the owners of NFL side Buffalo Bills and NHL outfit Buffalo Sabres – with an estimated net worth of £5.5billion according to Forbes.

Pegula said back in 2020: "I know I was more privileged than other people. I'm aware of that. I try to be very down-to-earth, and I think I am."

The difference in prize money between the first and second rounds at the 2023 Australian Open is in the region of £50,000, with £130,000 already in the bag.

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The Pegula family made their fortune through oil and gas before creating a sports empire that includes daughter Jessica, who is currently ranked the third best player in the world.

Her recent run of good form has included three quarter-finals from the four Grand Slam tournaments – having had one from her previous 24 attempts.

Speaking after her first-round victory before paying tribute to Bills star Damar Hamlin, Pegula said on court: "So much fun to open up the week of the Slam on Margaret Court, I love this court.

"I have a slot of great memories on this court so that's really fun and yeah I mean today was one of those days where everything was just working.

"You just take them as they come throughout the year and I'll just try and enjoy it and get ready for the next round."

With £2.4million going to the singles winner, Pegula faces a test against Aliaksandra Sasnovich in round two, with British hopeful Emma Raducanu facing highly ranked Coco Gauff.

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